Still Here: The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians
This is a preview of Still Here: The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, an in-progress story.
Photographed on the Qualla Boundary, home of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians in western North Carolina, this is a story about the interplay between past and present, the Cherokee's deep connection to the land, and the everyday life that sustains twenty-first century Eastern Cherokee people. Despite plentiful attempts otherwise, including the Trail of Tears by which an estimated 17,000 Cherokee were forced West to Oklahoma, the Cherokee are still here, living on their ancestral lands in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Additional images can be viewed on the New Yorker photo department Instagram by searching the hashtag #twentyfirstcenturycherokee.
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